OnePlus 5, the new OnePlus flagship, has just launched in India, and the highlight feature this time is its new camera system. We’ve already done an in-depth OnePlus 5 review and even published an extensive test of its gaming performance, and now it’s time to test the camera to see how it compares to current flagships. For today’s test, we’ll be pitting the OnePlus 5 against the smartphones that fared well in our previous camera comparison featuring flagship smartphones. We have the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8+, iPhone 7 Plus and of course, the OnePlus 3T since we’re curious to know how much of a step up the new flagship actually is. So let’s dive in.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S8+ vs Google Pixel: Daylight landscape
Our first test involves checking how the phone fares in landscape shots. Here, we checked for colour accuracy and see how the cameras handle varied detail in distant objects.
The image from the OnePlus 5 feels a bit jarring compared to the rest, which is evident from the boosted colours, thus creating a stark contrast between the light and dark portions of the image. This causes the dark areas to appear black, instead of having any gradient. We weren’t too happy with details either in distant objects as the people’s faces are nearly unrecognisable after zooming in.
The Galaxy S8+ produces the best HDR image as the picture is brighter with good white balance and surprisingly, colours aren’t too oversaturated. There’s also very good detail in the grass and distant objects are recognisable with barely any compression artefacts. The OnePlus 3T also manages very good details in the foreground and objects in the distance are sharp. The greens are still heavily saturated which makes it look a bit unnatural. It does, however, manage to get an accurate tone of the sky.
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Other samples – Samsung Galaxy S8+, OnePlus 3T, Google Pixel, iPhone 7 Plus
The Google Pixel captures good details too but the white balance is off, making the scene more cloudy than it actually is. Contrast is also heavily boosted here and dark areas don’t have good gradients.The iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t fare too well here with mushy details all round.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S8+ vs Google Pixel: Daylight close-up
Coming to close up shots, we picked a flower with a deep shade of purple, which should pose a nice challenge for our contenders. Here, we also test the quality of bokeh produced by the phones.
The OnePlus 5 does well in close up shots. Our subject is sharp and level of details is very good. Colours feel slightly exaggerated here but overall, the picture looks very lively. Bokeh effect is good too with a pleasing gradient of colours in the background.
The OnePlus 3T actually performs a shade better than the OnePlus 5 in this test as it maintains a good balance between colour saturation and details. The bokeh is also smooth, although the colours in the background are a bit muted compared to its successor. The Galaxy S8+ ties in here with the OnePlus 3T, delivering rich colour reproduction and a smooth bokeh, although we found the contrast in the greens below the flower a bit overblown.
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Other samples – OnePlus 3T, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Google Pixel, iPhone 7 Plus
The image from the Google Pixel is also very detailed although the colours don’t provide the most accurate representation of the scene. Bokeh effect is also handled pretty well. The iPhone 7 Plus once again pales in comparison with the rest of the group. The contrast levels are way off and overall picture looks a bit artificial.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy S8+ vs Google Pixel: Night landscape
For our night shot, our focus was on the stone building but it also lets us see how the camera handles details in the night sky and objects in the foreground. We also look at how the phones handle noise in the dimly lit portions of the image.
The OnePlus 5 finally shines here thanks to the wider f/1.7 aperture. The dynamic range is very good with a brightly lit night sky and barely any visible noise. Details in the foreground, like the yellow railing, are also clearly visible and in focus. The Galaxy S8+ edges out the OnePlus 5 with the lowest amount of noise and the sharpest picture of the lot. The individual leaves on the lower tree are also very legible compared to the others.
The Google Pixel also does a good job with details but introduces lots of noise which is visible in the sky. It also produces the brightest picture of the lot but the lighting isn’t indicative of the actual lighting. The OnePlus 3T produces a much warmer image with good details on the stone building. However, the objects in the foreground, like the yellow railing appear fuzzy.